Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2012.
The 2012 Houston Conference is now concluded.
We had a fantastic time in Houston and a very successful conference.
We are already making plans to return in 2013!
Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.
University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Athletic Center
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
Friday April 20th, 2012 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday April 21th, 2012 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm
IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Houston Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.
|Vendor Name and Description||Table Number and Hometown|
|Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH)
The purpose of ARCH is to provide support for Catholic homschooling families through a network of friends and to provide aid to the parents as they fulfill their vocations as the primary educators of their children. One of the ways this is done is through the establishment of smaller, geographic placed groups known as satellites to meet the local daily needs. In addition, ARCH offers area wide activities such as a Back to School Mass, Curriculum Fair, End of the Year Picnic and Mass, and a Graduation Mass.
|1 Table (not counting the used book sale)
|ARCH Used Book Sale||8 Tables
|Classically Catholic Memory
Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program for families who are interested both in the classical model of education and in growing in their Catholic faith. Intended for children ages 5 to 12, it is a four-year program, with each “year” consisting of 18 weeks of memory work in eight subjects. It includes activities and teaching techniques for all subjects.
Educational toys, games, books, and music CDs. Toy and games have lifetime guarantees!
|EWTN Global Catholic Network
EWTN is available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With our direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN offers live call-in talk shows, news programs, original series and documentaries, teaching series with noted theologians, children’s shows, live coverage of the Pope and important Church events, a live daily Mass, devotions, concerts, music, and more.
Catholic language arts resources, reprints of historical fiction, mothering/teaching resources.Local author Sarah V. Park will be unveiling her new Catholic preschool curriculum, Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven. Stop by the Hillside table to meet Sarah and explore this new Catholic homeschooling resource!
Lake Ariel, PA
Homeschool Connections provides online, interactive, live courses with a Catholic perspective.
North Richland Hills, TX
|Houston Catholic Books
Our bookstore has been ministering to the North Houston area since 2001. We stock many materials to help children (as well as adults) better learn the Faith.
|Illuminated InkUnique and educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.||4 Tables
|JMJTCardsJMJTCards is a family owned online Catholic gift store specializing in original art stationary, announcements, and homeschool diplomas. We also carry a large selection of handmade original rosaries and devotional gifts, booksmarks, and holy cards.||1 Table
|mater et magistra Magazine
Quarterly magazine with topics of interest to Catholic homeschoolers..
Lake Ariel, PA
|Our Lady of Victory School and Lepanto Press
Our experience as the oldest provider of Traditional Catholic curriculum and flexibility in tailoring our program to the needs of your child, makes OLVS the right choice for those who wish to provide a truly Roman Catholic education for their children. The curriculum will inspire students to reach for the higher good. Our solid success rate is evidenced by our graduates: some receiving full scholarships to prestigious universities, serving in the military, and pursuing religious and priestly vocations.
Post Falls, ID
|Prof. Joseph Pearce||1 Table|
|Seton Home Study School
Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems.
Oklahoma City, OK
|University of St. Thomas
At the University of St. Thomas, you will learn, discover, and develop the beliefs and desires belonging to a leader of faith and character. With many opportunities in and out of the classroom to develop leadership skills, you’ll experience the many rewards of helping others see and reach their potential. Through your journey at UST, you will achieve more in your academic, personal, and spiritual lives than you ever imagined possible.
Friday, April 20
|2:00pm||Registration/Vendor Area Opens|
|2:20pm||Mrs. Virginia Seuffert||
The Simple Solution to Homeschool Success
Ready to take the plunge into homeschooling, but not sure where to start? You can simplify the process by breaking it down into just a few simple steps. Dealing with doubting relatives, setting up school space, finding support, and choosing curriculum are not as daunting as they seem.
|3:00pm||Fr. Paul Felix||
The Role of the Christian Family for the New Evangelization
Pope Benedict XVI has declared Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2013 to be a Year of Faith, which will focus on the New Evangelization. Just what is the “New Evangelization”? Fr. Felix will answer this question and show how the Christian family plays a vital role in the renewal of Western culture.
|4:00 – 6:00pm||Vendor Sales/Dinner|
|6:00pm||Mrs. Virginia Seuffert||The Academic Approach for All Ages
You can provide a top flight academic education from preschool to high school. Reach your learning goals with a method proven by centuries of success, emphasizing a wellordered school day, virtues like obedience and diligence, memorization, and a curriculum based on the fi nest thoughts of Western culture.
|7:00pm||Prof. Joseph Pearce||Unlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien described his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Prof. Pearce unlocks the Catholic dimension of this bestselling trilogy. Discover the hidden meaning of the One Ring, the spiritual significance of the elves, the hidden meaning of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and much more.
Saturday, April 21
|9:00am||Registration and Holy Rosary|
|9:30am||Dr. Andrew Hayes||
A Sacrifice Pleasing to God: Academic Excellence at Home
An authentic Catholic education joins love of learning to the desire for God, academics, and spirituality. Learn about the fundamental importance of pursuing academic excellence, and get some suggestions on how to achieve it in the home.
|10:30am||Msgr. James Golasinski||
Active Participation: Pray the Mass, not Pray at Mass
“Active participation certainly means that, in gesture, word, song and service, all the members of the community take part in an act of worship, which is anything but inert or passive. Yet active participation does not preclude the active passivity of silence, stillness and listening: indeed, it demands it.” – Bl. Pope John Paul II
|11:30am||Prof. Joseph Pearce||
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education
Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
|12:30 – 2:00pm||Vendor Sales/Lunch|
|2:00pm||Mrs. Virginia Seuffert||
How Catholic Home Education is Changing American Culture
Catholic home education has evolved from a tiny group of parents to a powerful social movement. Learn how homeschool graduates are using their authentic Catholic education and solid academic training to change the country and the Church, and how your children can be counted among them.
|3:00pm||Dr. Dominic Aquila||The Power of Listening
Learn how to expand the musical education of your student. In addition to taking lessons on particular musical instruments, it is also important to consider in greater depth the power of attentive and disciplined listening. Listening carefully to pieces of music together as a family is as important as reading aloud to our children. Together, we’ll go through a classic musical work by Mozart and demonstrate the art of listening.
We are very happy to announce that there will be a used book sale as part of this year’s conference. The sale will be managed independantly by ARCH and proceeds will be used to cover costs at the conference such as table and chair rentals. If you would like to sell your own used books as part of the sale, you are welcome to participate! Please read the following information. You must contact ARCH in advance and register as part of the used book sale.
How to Participate:
The hours of the sale will be as follows:
Drop off items: Friday, April 20 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Preview sale for sellers only: Friday 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Open to public: Full length of the conference, Friday 2:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rules for the sale as follows:
All items must be labeled with a 3×5 inch index card indicating the following (clearly printed):
- Phone number and email address
- Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
- Grade level of item
- Price (whole dollar amounts only, please!)
Index cards must be securely attached to the item. Any unmarked book is considered a donation to ARCH and will be sold for the benefit of ARCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set.
2. Drop Off
Books are to be dropped off at the University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Center between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon on the first day of the sale, April 20. Books should be marked before you arrive at the sale. In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register as a vendor at usedbooksaleARCH@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 18. Email your name, contact information (phone number and email address), the number of boxes of books you are selling, and the volunteer slot that you will fill (see next point).
3. Volunteer Requirement
All book sellers are required to work one volunteer slot for the book sale/conference. The following slots are available:
2:00 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 6:00 pm
6:00 – 8:00 pm
9:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
and 3:00 – 5:00 pm (clean up)
We need volunteers for both the book sale and the registration table. Please indicate which you would prefer to work. If you do not work your assigned slot, your book sales will be considered a donation to ARCH. You may get a responsible family member or friend to fill in for you at your assigned time. The important thing is that there are people at the site to assist with running the conference.
4. Cash Sales
All prices are non-neogotiable and all sales are CASH only. All sales are final. There is an ATM machine in Crooker, next to Jerabeck, if people need to get more funds.
5. End of Sale
Books must be picked up on Saturday, April 21, by 5:00 pm. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to ARCH. They will be taken to the Homeschool Store and sold and the proceeds donated to ARCH.
When you pick up your books, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash from the sales less the 10% donated to ARCH. If you cannot come to pick up your proceeds, you must make arrangements with the ARCH board to receive your cash at a different time. To make those arrangements, contact us at usedbooksaleARCH@gmail.com Any funds unclaimed on May 1 will be deposited into the ARCH bank account.
Ten percent of all sales will be given to ARCH to help defray the costs of the conference. The money will be deducted from your proceeds.